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Creative Thinking

Our Messy Emotions and Being Creative


Does being calm or happy help us be creative? Does feeling sad or anxious always inhibit creative thinking?

Some researchers find that "mixing together both positive and negative emotions can help facilitate creativity" - as noted in the book "Wired to Create" - more on that below.

One example of a creative person with an emotionally complex life is humanitarian, actor and author Ashley Judd, who is also a United Nations / UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador.

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Creative Thinking

Take A Shower or Watch Cows To Be Creative


Do you get creative ideas in the shower? Do you have any routines or schedules to help encourage your creative thinking and work? Many artists do.
But E. B. White (Stuart Little; Charlotte's Web, among other titles) cautioned:
"A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper."

Quoted in her Brain Pickings post The Daily Routines of Great Writers by Maria Popova.

She comments in a related post: "The notion that if only we could replicate the routines of great minds, we’d be able to reverse-engineer their genius is, of course, an absurd one — yet an alluring one nonetheless."

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Creative Thinking

Jamie Lee Curtis: Writing Is More Creatively Satisfying


Although acclaimed as an actor, Jamie Lee Curtis says she finds writing "way more" artistically satisfying for her than acting.

Her multiple children's books "address core childhood subjects and life lessons in a playful, accessible way," her Amazon.com bio notes.

One of those important subjects is adoption, which is the topic of "Tell Me Again About The Night I Was Born."

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Creative Thinking

Solitude To Be Creative


Some forms of creative expression – such as acting and filmmaking – involve collaborating with other people. But a number of artists make use of isolation and do their best creative work alone.

One example: George Orwell chose to write “Nineteen Eighty-Four” (from about 1946-1949) while living in Barnhill (photo), an abandoned farmhouse on the isle of Jura in the Inner Hebrides.

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Consciousness

Deal With Energy Vampires To Be More Creative

"Energy is the key to creativity. Energy is the key to life." William Shatner
We need more than ideas to be creative, we need passion and energy. Being productive in most creative ventures takes ongoing motivation and resolve.

Some situations and people fuel our emotional energy, and some suck it away. How can we deal with that kind of energy drain?

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Creative Thinking

Art Is Being In The World


What is art? Where do you make it? Where do you show it?

How you think about those questions can impact how you see yourself as a creator, and what you do about being one.

Artist Robert Irwin, a pioneer of the Light and Space movement, in 1970 abandoned his studio practice.

In a recent interview, he comments:

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Consciousness

Use Your Imagination


In her Harvard Commencement Address, author J.K. Rowling spoke about the "uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not" as "the fount of all invention and innovation."

She also noted the power of our imagination for understanding other people’s challenges. She worked for a time for Amnesty International, and says she used some of that experience in creating her ‘Harry Potter’ books.

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